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The four-year colleges and universities that serve the Birmingham area
have a long record of cooperation with one another. Building on that
history, the Presidents of Birmingham-Southern, Miles College, Samford
University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the University of
Montevallo created the Birmingham Area Consortium for Higher Education
BACHE) to enhance and strengthen educational opportunities available to
the students and the community.
Students, faculty, and staff at BACHE institutions may access the
resources of all the member libraries by simply presenting their valid ID
cards. Students enrolled full-time at a BACHE institution who are in good
academic standing may also take undergraduate courses at another BACHE
campus at no additional charge. The procedure for taking a course through
this cooperative program follows.
This must be completed prior to the opening of a new
term at the BACHE institution. Registration for courses may be completed
in the Records Office. As listed on the academic calendar, the last day to add
a course each term is also the last day to register for a BACHE institution
course. Schedules of courses are available in the Records Office and online.
A student must have the approval of an advisor, the
faculty of the major if the desired course is in the student’s major field,
and the Provost. If the course is a required course in another area, the
faculty of that area in which the course is included should be consulted
as to its suitability. (A student must be taking at least three units at
Birmingham‑Southern during a regular term in order to register for one
course at a BACHE institution.)
Work at a BACHE institution is given credit as if it were taken
at Birmingham‑Southern; however, courses taken through BACHE may not
fulfill an Explorations Curriculum requirement needing a course certified
with a two-letter outcome designation. The course will be included in
the Birmingham‑Southern credit for that term and will not be treated as
transfer credit. Usually, only one course per term is permitted. BACHE
courses may not be used to redeem Birmingham-Southern courses.
Except for associated laboratory and other special fees, there
is no additional cost to a student who is taking at least three units at
Birmingham-Southern at the time of enrollment at a BACHE institution.